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The exhibition

In the museum of nature, there is an interractive display demonstrating how the Gorges, its caves, wildlife and inhabitants have evolved through time.

Stalactite and stalagmite: Inside caves, rain water charged with calcium carbonate from the limestone rock loses its carbon dioxide and form concretions.
Rock to sand: The extreme force of the river turns rocks and stones into gravel and sand.

There are 3 displays showing the formation of the fabulous Pont d’Arc through time.

Pollution: Rain water passes quickly through the plateau and into the Ardèche river.
Unfortunately the illegal dumping of oil and other toxic chemicals can have the same effect.

Questions and answers on wildlife
13 interractive panels.

A search through time of Neanderthal man to the present day.

Naturals areas
A map of France shows the nature reserves and the various stages of protection of the Gorges.

_ Fifteen interractive panels illuminated with leds display the cliffs of the Gorges and respond with a "TRUE or FALSE" to questions.

Cave history
Five panels display. This from past to present. The caves were used as shelters in prehistoric times, as a refuge during the religious wars of the middle ages, the second world war, and also as a safe haven for shepperds.

Model of the Reserve
This model displays the whole of the Ardèche Gorges from Vallon Pont d’Arc to Saint Martin d’Ardèche

Wildlife simulation
Models displaying many of the animals which inhabit the nature reserve of the Gorges. Such as, the single diver, Bonelli’s eagle,beaver and the genet... Also, snakes including the venomous viper.

A 15 m3 aquarium containing various species of fish from the Ardèche river, such as tench, the gudgeon, carp and Hotusa.

Light show

Take an enchanting journey into the dephts of earth…
What’s more

Son et lumières grotte de la Madeleine

Opening Period 2016

From May 31st to November 4th

Admission and opening times